The Mississippi River wraps around Iowa’s Northeast corner. Your travels in this scenic country may lead to prehistoric burial sites at Effigy Mounds National Monument, to the Devil’s Backbone at Iowa’s oldest state park, and to old Fort Atkinson Preserve. You’ll also want to make time for Waterloo’s Science Museum and Decorah’s Vesterheim Norwegian Immigrant Museum.
When you go East, you’ll be able to: explore deep caves and historic Civil War graves; see what inspired Grant Wood and Mark Twain; catch trout in cold-water streams and baseballs at the Field of Dreams . Destinations range from Mississippi riverboat casinos in the Quad Cities and San Francisco-like Dubuque to Dyersville’s National Farm Toy Museum.
If you like variety, you’ve come to the right place! The seven Amana Colonies offer quaint shops and wineries with Old-World charm right next door to Williamsburg’s bustling outlet center. Herbert Hoover rests in peace at his Presidential Library and National Historic Site, not far from the cultural attractions of Cedar Rapids and “Hawkeye” Iowa City.
Southeast Iowa invites you to: relax in Van Buren County’s historic riverboat ports; hike over 9,000 acres in Shimek State Forest; bike Snake Alley, the crookedest street in the world; visit the re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge; hide out in an Underground Railroad station; and secure the frontier at Old Fort Madison.